03.11.13: The CCRI Knights continued their play at Mercyhurst northeast in Erie PA on Sunday versus the Lakers of Mercyhurst looking for their first victory of the year. They got that victory in dramatic fashion 7-5 to improve to 1-2 on the season.
CCRI 7- Mercyhurst Northeast 5
The Knights staged a dramatic comeback in the ninth inning after trailing 5-2 entering the frame to record their first victory of the season. The Lincoln connection of Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) and Tyler Santaniello (Lincoln, RI) led the charge with lead-off walks to start the top of the ninth inning, followed by a two RBI double by freshman Zack Wood (Jewett City, CT). Freshman Jonathon Vasquez (Bridgeport, CT) followed with a walk and Captain Nick Coro (North Providence, RI) pinch-hitting for Gian Abbruzzese (North Providence, RI), hit a two-RBI double to the fence in right field to put the Knights in the lead at 6-5. Freshman Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI), pinch-hitting for Ryan Wordell (Little Compton, RI), pulled a triple down the right field to drive in Coro to complete the scoring. Jay Ferri (North Kingstown, RI), the Knights’ closer finished the ninth inning by striking out the side to pick up his first victory of the season.
The Knights finished with eight hits led by Zack Wood and Jonathon Vasquez with two hits and two RBI apiece. The pinch hits by Coro and Yankee were run producing RBIs and helped seal the first victory of the season. Head Coach Ken Hopkins was once again impressed with both the pitching and the defense as he used five different pitchers before calling on Ferri to finish the game. Max Perry (Pawtucket, RI), CJ Angelo (Trumbull, CT), Dan Dipippo (Scituate, MA), Sam Morgan (Cranston, RI), and Kory Lawrence (Woonsocket, RI) were all effective in their efforts out of the bullpen as they scattered eight hits and five runs over the nine innings. "This team is going to be real strong once we combine the hitting with our solid pitching and defense” said Coach Hopkins.
The Knights travel to Orlando, FL on Wednesday for a series of six games on their annual Southern road trip.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.